How to Reset Car Radio without Code?

The radio and stereo set has increasingly become one of the most common and most used features of the modern-day car. The number of people who prefer to have some kind of audio running in the background while they are driving their cars just keeps on increasing as do the number of car owners every year.

But what do you do when the car radio does not work? You just had routine maintenance upkeep of your prized car or you replaced the dying batteries of your car finally and then, out of the blue, your car radio shows the message to enter a radio code. Don’t worry, it is a routine feature that is designed to keep your car safe.

This usually happens because of the anti-theft system placed in your car, which keeps in the event of a forced power upheaval of the car such as during a regular maintenance check or when you replace the car batteries. The anti-theft system kicks in and resets your codes such that the thief would not be able to access parts of your vehicle.

But surely you are not the thief. In that case, this becomes a slight annoyance. Don’t worry though, you can get it fixed in no time if you can access your car year, make, model and the vehicle identification number (VIN) of your car and go to your manufacturer to get the code and reset it.

Yes, it is as easy as that. You just have to go to your manufacturer’s website or call your manufacturer and give them these details to get access to your radio code. In case this does not work, just go to your local dealership and when you give them these details, they will provide you with the code to reset the car’s radio.

However, if for some reason you do not have access to either of these, here is the step-by-step guide to how to unlock car radio without code. The car manufacturers do not want you to know about this hack, but sometimes situations are dire and we need all the help we can get.

Don’t worry, these methods that I am going to let you know are not illegal. Rather, these are just some master codes that are set for the manufacturer’s ease. Just read on to find how to reset your car’s radio.

How Do I Unlock My Car Radio without the Code?

Method 1

  • Turn on the ignition.
  • Turn your radio on and check if it shows ‘CODE’. If it shows that, turn the radio off.
  • Then while the thing is off, press down and hold the power button for 40-50 minutes.
  • Once you hold your power button for that long, the car radio system will bypass the code and start working.

This method works on the 2010 and newer models of Acura ILX, Acura TLX, Acura RDX, Honda Pilot, Honda Civic and Honda Accord.

Method 2

  • Follow the steps of Method 1 but instead of holding the power button alone, hold the seek button as well for the same duration.

This method works on the Ford models.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Do You Do If You Don’t Have a Radio Code?

First, try to search for the radio security code in the manufacturer’s manual. If it is not there, go to the manufacturer’s website and look for it there. If the code is not even on the website of your manufacturer, visit your local dealership where you bought your car or any other dealership of your manufacturer and get the issue fixed.

How Do I Get My Radio Out of Anti-theft Mode?

To get your radio out of the anti-theft lock, use the original car key that was provided to you to turn on the ignition. Turn on the key and keep it in the “On” position without doing anything for at least 10 minutes or until the “Theft System” light stops flashing. Turn off the key and leave it inside the ignition for a few seconds and then take it out.

Why Is My Car Radio Telling Me to Enter a Code?

The car radio systems are designed to prevent theft and prevent thieves from engaging with the car’s audio system. The system kicks in when there is an unnatural power breakdown of the car or the car is jump-started and the radio set then will ask the user to enter a code.

What Do You Do When Your Radio Says Enter Code?

For starters, you enter the code when your radio displays the message to enter the code. If you have entered the code correctly, the radio and the stereo should unlock automatically. In case the system does not accept your input when it shows you the message, turn off the car and wait for fifteen minutes, turn it on and enter the code.

Can I Get Radio Code from Vin Number?

Short answer: no. Long answer: the vehicle identification number or the VIN number is essential for the radio code to be accessed when you are asking for it on the manufacturer’s website or in the dealership of your manufacturer. You will have to provide the VIN in most cases to get access to your radio codes.

Where Can I Find My Radio Serial Number?

To find your radio serial number, first turn off the radio and then hold the preset buttons 1 & 6 together while you are pressing the buttons to turn on your radio. After a few seconds, a 10 digit serial number should appear on the radio’s display. Note it down as it will disappear once the held keys are let go.

Why Does My Radio Not Work after Changing the Battery?

As we have explained before, when the car battery is changed, it reads it as a forced power alteration to the car and the anti-theft system of the car kicks in, which requires the code to reset.

That is the reason why the radio sets do not work after changing the batteries usually. But this is the most easily fixable issue and the dealership would do it pronto.

Parting Thoughts

The next time you are stuck in a situation where you have to unlock your car radio without a code, follow the above steps and you will be able to listen to your music just fine.

Last Updated on December 5, 2021